HC asks Telangana to come with the education policy relating to online education

The Telangana government reported that it would come with a clear policy by July 13 on the reopening of the next academic year. The policy will also reflect on the mode of the classes in private and government schools.

The Hyderabad School Parents Association filed a public interest litigation (PIL) with regard to the conduction of online classes and the fee collection by the private institutions. This plea was heard by the division bench consisting of Chief Justice Raghvendra Singh Chauhan and Justice B Vijaysen Reddy.

The bench asked the government to submit a proposal on its policy of imparting the education online. The High Court mentioned that ground realities should be taken into consideration while framing the rules.

The state government responded that it shall submit a detailed report of commencing the next academic year and scheduling on online classes for educational institutions.

The PIL challenged the online classes and insisted to ban them.

The court questioned the government on the whereabouts of the commencement of the schools and why it is continuing the classes despite a proper resolution not being taken.

The state replied to its statement as the Centre ordered to not start the next academic session until July 31. However, the online and distant education is welcomed under the unlock-2 guidelines issued by the Centre. The government further said that it has not taken policy decision in this regard.

The court that into consideration and mentioned that not all can afford to facilitate with the online education. The court was challenged as, “You cannot frame guidelines sitting in AC rooms in Delhi. You have to come to remote places like Adilabad and see the plight of the people as there are so many deprived children.”

In response to this, the court asked the state “How can you encourage online education in those circumstances.”

The Special Government Pleader said that the reopening of schools is under review and if there is any further delay, the online classes will schedule to take place.

Further hearing is placed on July 13.

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